Louise Dyble is an associate in the Real Estate, Energy, Land Use & Environmental Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Louise helps clients navigate all areas of environmental law. With an in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations, she assists clients with regulatory compliance and defense.

Louise advises clients on matters involving CERCLA (Superfund), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, RCRA, and TSCA. She represents clients facing remediation and natural resource damages claims in state and federal court. Louise advises on liability and risk associated with real property transactions, including redevelopment and brownfields projects. She also helps prepare clients for regulatory change and its implications, including monitoring and reporting requirements related to hazardous substances and emerging contaminants such as 1,4-Dioxane and per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Louise is experienced with internal investigations, and defends companies facing regulatory enforcement, damages claims and/or criminal liability associated with hazardous substances and other environmental issues.

Louise advises clients on compliance with the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, California air quality regulations, and Proposition 65. She represents water and energy companies in ratemaking and adjudicatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. She also advises private companies and public agencies on compliance with water quality regulations, including waste water treatment and storm water permitting under the NPDES program. 

Prior to law school, Louise earned a PhD in history from UC Berkeley (Cal). She has taught classes on urban politics and environmental policy at Cal, Caltech, USC, and Michigan Technological University. She has published academic articles and books on the history of infrastructure, land use and local food, and regional government. As an undergraduate, Louise played intercollegiate basketball at Cal, and she now competes as a masters athlete in weightlifting.

Louise’s pro bono practice includes legal and advocacy work in support of equitable access to education and career opportunities for all.



  • The Future of SEPs in Citizen Suits
    ABA Natural Resources & Environment, Winter 2021
  • Federal PFAS Regulation and the States
    Westlaw, 04.2020
  • Aquifers and Democracy: Enforcing Voter Equal Protection to Save California’s Imperiled Groundwater and Redeem Local Government
    California Law Review, 10.2017
  • Infrastructure and Land Policies, Lincoln Institute, 2013
  • Tolls and Control: The Chicago Skyway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike
    Journal of Planning History, 02.2012
  • Reconstructing Transportation: Linking Tolls and Transit for Place-Based Mobility
    The Johns Hopkins University Press Technology and Culture, 2009
  • The Defeat of the Golden Gate Authority: Regional Planning and Local Power
    Journal of Urban History, 01.2008
  • Revolt Against Sprawl: Transportation and the Origins of the Marin County Growth Control Regime
    Journal of Urban History, 11.2007

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Cannabis Law Blog Posts

Energy Law Blog Posts


Digital Media


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2016, Environmental Law Certificate

PH.D., History, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1995, magna cum laude


  • California
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